Meet Our Team

Megan Childress

Director, Center for Student Success

Office: Administration 210-A
Telephone: 606.218.5812
E-mail: MeganChildress@upike.edu



I’m Megan Childress and I was born and raised in Pike County, Ky. I began attending school at what was then Pikeville College in 2007, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Communication. I was the last graduating class of Pikeville College in 2011, but stayed on and worked in the Human Resources department where I was able to be a part of the institution’s transition to the University of Pikeville. I later started working as a dispatcher for the Kentucky State Police here in Pikeville at Post 9 and earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling at Morehead State University. In 2014, I was presented with the opportunity to return to the University of Pikeville, the place that had helped me grow up and grow stronger, and graciously accepted. I served as a Student Success Advisor until August 2017, when I was offered the Director position, and I am now thrilled to serve as a leader for the Center for Student Success, our advisors and counselor, and most of all, our students. When I’m not in my office or at What’s Up Wednesday, you can find me spending time with my husband, son, and dog, reading, or binge watching television shows or movies. 
Favorite UPIKE Memory: As a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, I was given the opportunity to represent the university at several conferences. Submitting my writing and knowing that I would have to read it aloud at a state or national conference was intimidating, but it helped me step out of my comfort zone. It allowed me to travel to places I would not have been able to on my own and meet people who understood me and what I was passionate about.
Favorite Quote:
“Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself.” Amy Poehler



Cory Gannon

Student Success Advisor

Office: Administration 210-C
Telephone: 606.218.5810
E-mail: JosephGannon@upike.edu

I’m Cory Gannon, and I am from Pikeville, KY (Born and Raised). I started school at the University of Pikeville in 2010, and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management. After graduation in 2014, I accepted a position in the Admissions office where I spent the next two and half years. In December of 2016, I accepted a position at Fairway Outdoor Advertising. After being away for 6 months, I was fortunate enough to return back to the University as a Student Success Advisor. When I am not at work, I spend my time with my wife Kasi and our daughter Harper.
Favorite UPIKE Memory: As a student here, you put countless hours of studying in. Nothing is more rewarding than walking across that stage in May and receiving your diploma. It will always be something I cherish and consider my favorite memory.
Favorite Quote:
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” –Lance Armstrong


Jessica Harris

Student Success Advisor 

Office: Administration 220-C
Telephone: 606.218.5813
E-mail: JessicaHarris@upike.edu



My name is Jessica Harris. I am blessed to be part of the major growth Pikeville, KY has endured during my 27 years of life here, and even more so the growth of the University on The Hill. I am a 2012 graduate of the University of Pikeville where I obtained a bachelor of business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting and management. In October 2014, I was fortunate enough to return “home” to the University of Pikeville where I worked as the Office Manager for two years before accepting a position as an advisor earlier this year. Outside of UPIKE, I enjoy all of my time with my husband and our precious daughter. Retail therapy is my second favorite hobby. I am excited to learn and grow with my very first group of advisees!
Favorite UPIKE memory:
One of the most memorable experiences with the University of Pikeville took place during my last semester here. I placed second in marketing concepts at the Kentucky State Phi Beta Lambda competition, which allowed me and a few other PBL members to advance to the national competition in San Antonio, Texas. While I did not place at the national competition, thanks to the University of Pikeville and Phi Beta Lambda, I was able to experience many firsts on this trip including flying on an airplane and visiting San Antonio. It will always be one of my most cherished memories.
Favorite Quotes:
“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail” Proverbs 19:21


Brittany McKenney

Student Success Advisor

Office: Administration 210-B
Telephone: 606.218.5811
E-mail:  BrittanyMcKenney@upike.edu

I am originally from a small town in Montana called Huntley. I attended the University of Great Falls (UGF) in Montana, which has been renamed University of Providence, where I received my Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I was then offered a position as a Graduate Assistant in Student and Residential life at UGF, which I gladly accepted. I earned my Master’s in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Management. In July of 2017, I took a leap of faith and moved across the country to accept the Student Success Advisor position at UPIKE. I am so excited I can have the opportunity to be here serving students. I have always known my purpose in life was to help others. It is a privilege to be accomplishing this goal by encouraging students to reach their full potential in Higher Education. I truly believe I was called to be here, and I could not feel more blessed.
Favorite UPIKE Memory: : I have only been here a short time, but some of my favorite memories have come from learning the “lingo” here. I have discovered many different pronunciations, experienced a fair share of misinterpretations, and will never be able say “Louisville” the way everyone else does. I have enjoyed learning the culture here and I know the best is yet to come!
Favorite Quote:
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25


Brandy Osborne

Office Manager

Office: Administration 210
Telephone: 606.218.5966
E-mail: BrandyOsborne@upike.edu

Hey! I am Brandy Osborne, and I am the Office Manager for Student Success! I am from Harold, Kentucky. I graduated from the University of Pikeville in 2013, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Recently, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come back home to “The Hill” and work at the campus that love. I bleed orange and black thru and thru. When I am not at work, I am spending my time with my wonderful husband, Jeremy, and our two dogs, Riley the German Shepherd and Coco the Chihuahua. My preferred movie choice is Superheroes; it can be DC or Marvel because I refuse to choose a favorite. Reality shows like Survivor, Big Brother and Amazing Race are some of my favorite things to watch, so if you need someone to talk to about the latest episode, I am your person.

Favorite UPIKE Memory: My favorite memory was in 2011 when the basketball team won the NAIA National Championship. I was lucky enough to be able to go to Kansas City for the Championship game with the dance team to cheer on our bears. I remember the last buzzer sounding and the sheer joy was indescribable. It is something I will never forget.
Favorite Quotes:
“You don’t have time to be timid… you must be bold, daring.” –Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11



Mandy Stacy

Student Success Counselor 

Office: Administration 220-A
Telephone: 606.218.5259
E-mail: MandyStacy@upike.edu



I’m Mandy Stacy, your campus pep talker, prayer warrior, time manager, birthday celebrator and friend. I’m here to help you adjust to campus life and connect with our community. I made my journey to Pikeville from Grundy, Va., in 1997. My story began in Grundy and continues there two days a week, as I care for my Maw on the weekends. As a student at then Pikeville College, I earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice in 2002. I worked in the court system for six years until I was presented with an opportunity to return to “The Hill” as an admissions counselor. Recruiting for the University of Pikeville was an incredible experience. It afforded me some of the most rewarding years of my life. I now serve UPIKE as a student success counselor. Some people search their whole lives for their “dream job.” I am grateful to say I am blessed with mine. When I’m not working, I am spending time with family and the two most entertaining cats in the world, Sherman Leonard and Simon Leon. This is my story. I can’t wait to hear yours! Welcome to the University of Pikeville.

Favorite UPIKE memory:
As a student at then Pikeville College, my best memories came from serving as a student ambassador and working with incoming students. I also had a ton of fun with my roommates. Because I was an out-of-state student, I was nervous as a cat when I started college. I knew no one – literally – but I was blessed with the best group of roommates. They helped me adjust and made “The Hill” feel like a second home. Fun fact: The first person I met when I was moving into the dorm for the first time was none other than our First Lady of UPIKE Tina Hurley. She was there to direct incoming students to our rooms, help us with our bags and answer any questions we had about campus. I knew when I met her I had made the right choice by coming to Pikeville, and, I knew at that very moment, I wanted to be part of the “Welcome Wagon” in years to come.

Embarrassing moment? Hey, we all have them, right? As a student ambassador, one of my duties was to give campus tours. I gave lots of tours – sometimes in large groups. On one particular occasion, I was giving a tour to a huge, rambunctious group of students. I was standing in front of the Allara Library talking to them about our Founders’ Day games and all the cool things we did in the courtyard. It was a challenge to hold their attention since they were a young group. I think they were in the sixth grade. As I was talking to them, a group of birds flew by and one of them “made a deposit” on my head. We all got a kick out of it. I think I laughed as hard as they did. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at, right? That little bird actually did me a favor. I had no problem holding the students’ attention after the incident. All eyes were on me for the rest of the tour!

Favorite Quotes:
"The world is full of nice people. If you can't find one, be one."
"Hold yourself to a standard of grace - not perfection."



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